WPGeocode 1.0.8 Brings Postal Code Recognition to Geomarketing Intelligence

Leverage Postal Code to Customize Your Content
Leverage Postal Code to Customize Your Content
I recently released another update to the WPGeocode to enable WordPress users to leverage additional geolocation data in their blog posts and pages. Postal codes may now be incorporated into the content of posts and pages using the shortcode [wpgc_postal_code]. For example, the postal code from which you’re computer is connected to the internet is [wpgc_postal_code].

Additional conditional shortcodes enable publishers to create customized content blocks in their posts or pages that will be displayed only to those visitors of their web site viewing from certain postal codes. For example, if you are in currently reading this from United States or Canada, you will see a customized message in the paragraph below.

[wpgc_is_country_codes country_codes=”US,CA”]

Hello and welcome to the site. I see that you’re coming in from somewhere near [wpgc_city], [wpgc_state_code].

Since you’re in [wpgc_country_name], we can even build links to custom data sources – like your own government officials, or weather data:

[/wpgc_is_country_codes] [wpgc_is_not_country_codes country_codes=”US,CA”]

Sorry, the content I have prepared is not available for [wpgc_country_name]. I can, however give you some data about your specific country…

[/wpgc_is_not_country_codes]

To understand how this is possible, let’s look at the source of this article – without translating the WPGeocode shortcodes to their data values. One thing to note that the following block is the source of this article. It is what I typed into the wordpress “Add New Post” text box. Also note that to prevent wordpress and WPGeocode from translating the shortcodes into their geocoded values, I’ve inserted spaces between the left and right brackets ([,&#93). If you want to cut / copy and paste this example, be sure to remove the spaces before the ] and after the [.

[code lang=”html”] [ wpgc_is_country_codes country_codes="US,CA" ]

Hello and welcome to the site. I see that you’re coming in from somewhere near [ wpgc_city ], [ wpgc_state_code ].

Since you’re in [ wpgc_country_name ], we can even build links to custom data sources – like your own government officials, or weather data:
<ul>
<li><a target="_new" href=http://whoismyrepresentative.com/search/zip/[ wpgc_postal_code ]>Who’s Your Representative?</a>
<li><a target="_new" href=http://weather.unisys.com/forecast.php?Name=[ wpgc_postal_code ]>What’s the weather like in [ wpgc_city ]?</a>
<li><a target="_new" href=http://airquality.webmd.com/AirQuality/Pollen.aspx?zipcode=[ wpgc_postal_code ]&cobrand=mywebmd&baseurl=http://www.webmd.com</a>How about the pollen count?</a>
</ul>
[/ wpgc_is_country_codes ] [ wpgc_is_not_country_codes country_codes="US,CA" ]

Sorry, the content I have prepared is not available for [ wpgc_country_name ]. I can, however give you some data about your specific country…

<ul>
<li><a target="_new" href=http://countrycode.org/[ wpgc_country_code ]>Countrycode.org/[ wpgc_country_code ]</a>
</ul>

[/wpgc_is_not_country_codes] [/code]

So as you can see, with WPGeocode, you can create completely customized content based on the location of your readers. Visit WPGeocode Home or WordPress WPGeocode Download for more information or to download the latest version of the plugin.

Graceful Sidebar Version 1.0.13 Released!

Support for the popular qTranslate plugin has been implemented inside the Graceful Sidebar Plugin. qTranslate enables bloggers to internationalize their content directly in the wordpress administrative console. qTranslate has a support forum that appears to be active with some good suggestions for using the plugin on your site. Cheers to Ozden for the suggestion to support this helpful plugin!

Minimizing Hacks and Spams on Your WordPress Blog

As long as there’s money to be had by gaining exposure on the web, we’ll have to suffer with the less than reputable out there trying to game the system by filling up your blog with lame comments and links to their crappy porn, drug or adult dating web sites. You can minimize the impact of these n’er do wells, however by implementing several plugins and taking certain actions in response to their attempts.

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Graceful Sidebar Version 1.0.6 Released

* Update – December, 29th, 2011 *
See http://www.mlynn.org/2010/12/graceful-sidebar-version-1-0-7-released/ for Version 1.0.7

Version 1.0.4 brought custom edit fields so that you no longer have to remember the name of the custom fields to populate in order to create custom sidebars for your posts and pages. Version 1.0.6 fixes the custom field for the sidebar content so that it behaves within the admin edit post screen.

You can download this latest version right from the WordPress Plugin site.

There have been reports of losing the Graceful Sidebar Comment from Posts or Pages when saving posts. I’ve tested this on several instances and cannot reproduce. If you have experienced this, please leave a comment and let me know.

Create a custom sidebar for each page or post with this Graceful Sidebar WordPress Plugin

A friend and fellow poker fan recently reached out with a wordpress question… She was looking for a way to customize a client’s sidebar content based on the page or post currently being displayed.  

Well – it seemed logical so I dug in for a few minutes and came up with the Graceful Sidebar Plugin.  The plugin is very simple – but accomplishes the initial goals.  To use the plugin, simply install it, activate it and drag the Graceful Sidebar widget to your theme’s sidebar.  Then, create two custom fields in the post or page whose sidebar you want to customize – “graceful_title” and “graceful_content”… that’s it.

Visit the Graceful Sidebar Plugin page for more information and to download.